Imagine the typical school from 10, 50 or even 100 years ago: a building divided into classrooms, all connected with dead space of corridors and hallways. The teaching staff allocated to classrooms. One teacher isolated in each room, struggling to find a level of teaching that is neither too high nor too low and at the same time trying to find some time for personalized tutoring for those who need it most. Students divided into groups of some 20-30, each group constituting a class unit separated from the others.
Traditionally, the equation of education starts with the building and ends with the student. That ‘tradition’ can be turned on its head: start with the student, not some statistical average of a student, but the individual student with all her individual ambitions and needs. Set goals and decide optimal strategies to reach them, dedicate a teacher as a personal coach who supports the student at every step, develop material, infrastructure and processes to support learning, design facilities, leverage all opportunities, provide real time feedback and implement best practices for personalized learning.
That is education for the 21st century. That is philosophy behind the KED program.